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In a heartfelt plea to mankind, conscious reggae artist I Octane begs for change in his debut album Crying to the Nation, released on February 14th. Although this young star has released familiar hits including “Different Page” and “Mama You Alone” , Octane’s full- length album offers a revealing and in depth look into his thoughts on mankind. I Octane’s fluid train of thought is transcribed through a musical amalgamation of feel good reggae melodies and brilliant collaborations.
The album’s title track begins with a faint yet somber saxophone, gliding amidst soft piano notes and shimmering percussion symbols. Octane enters the track uncovering the harsh realities of life in today’s world, including violence, death, abortion, and religion confusion. Transitioning to a more inspiring school of thought, I Octane teams up with fellow reggae artist Tarrus Riley on “All We Need is Love”, an uplifting track that offers love as a solution to the world’s most pressing issues.
Remaining on the topic of love as it relates to relationships, I Octane reveals his more intimate side on “Missing You” in collaboration with dancehall star Agent Sasco, also known as Assassin. In this track, Octane’s melodious voice is well complemented by Sasco’s rugged vocals. Stepping back onto the subject of humankind, “Space for All of Us” featuring Alborosie, offers a sobering message of unity and togetherness in our highly conflicted world.
For fans of I Octane and the conscious reggae movement, Crying to the Nation not only offers immense vocal talent from across the dancehall spectrum, but also covers a range of relatable life issues. From a production standpoint, this album is certainly easy on the ears, with quality musical production and vocal arrangements. Overall, if you’re looking to elevate your subconscious mind with thought proving music, Crying to the Nation is a must listen.